This Friday, June 15 – a Special Evening with Poet Michael C. Ford
7:30 At Mabel Dodge Luhan House
Advance Tickets at SOMOS $8,
$10 at the door.
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SOMOS 30th Annual Fundraiser
To Feature Poet Michael C. Ford
Well-known Los Angeles poetMichael C. Ford will performFriday, June 15th at the 30th Annual SOMOS fundraising event at the Mabel Dodge Lujan House. Co-Sponsored by the MalPais Review & the Border Poetics Consortium, Ford will be appearing at this event as part of a poetry tour he is making in New Mexico during June.
We are pleased to have a poet of Michael Ford’s stature & sophistication presenting his work to the 30th Annual SOMOS Annual fundraiser. Many of us have read his work & look forward to seeing him in person,” said Alan Macrae, President of SOMOS. Ford first read his poetry along with Michael McClure in 1969 at a fundraiser for Norman Mailer’s run for Mayor of New York City. Ford, who hosts a poetry-jazz show on LA radio, first gained national notice with a Grammy Nomination in 1987 for his avant-garde LP Language Commando. Recently he has recorded poetry /music collaborations with former members of TheDoors Ray Manzarek and John Densmore. He was nominated for a Pulitzer prize in 1998 for his poetry volume Emergency Exits. He later gained attention for the poem “Vietnam/Peace Casualties,” which was nominated for the 2006 PushCart Prize. Instructor at multiple national venues in PEN USA’s “Pen in the Classroom,” Ford’s latest book is “The Demented Chauffeur” (2009, Ion Drive, L.A., Ca). Ford has published some 20 books of poetry and edited the poetry journal The Sunset Palms Hotel (1974-1977) he is also a playwright, essayist and musical journalist as well as one of most well-known poets in Los Angeles.Gary Brower, editor of the MalPais Review, and co-sponsor of the event, said, “Ford is a fantastic poet and last read to great effect with Michael McClure at Beyond Baroque in Los Angeles for McClures 79th Birthday reading. He is a sophisticated and urbane performer with years of experience.”
$8 in advance/$10 at the door.
The fabulous TAOS PORTRAITS BOOK is available for sale at the SOMOS Office!
SOMOS presents a Wallace Stegner Documentary (a free event)
Sunday, June 24th, 2 PM at the Harwood Museum of Art
Wallace Stegner, a biographical film portrait, celebrates the 2009 centennial of his birth. Wallace Stegner was an acclaimed writer, conservationist, and teacher. He became one of America’s greatest writers. His books include the Pulitzer Prize-winning Angle of Repose and Beyond the Hundredth Meridian. His The Wilderness Letter became the conscience of the conservation movement. Wallace Stegner mentored a generation’s greatest writers, including Ken Kesey, Edward Abbey, and Larry McMurtry. Narrated by Peter Coyote, this one-hour documentary paints a portrait of the West that Wallace Stegner so loved. The film reveals insights into his life through interviews with his famous students, contemporaries and family.
Support SOMOS when Spring cleaning! Donate items to Pieces Consignment and give the SOMOS account number # 558. Thanks to all have been contributing!!
SOMOS needs volunteers to help us staff SOMOS on Monday and Friday afternoons from 1-4 and Saturdays from 10-1 to increase used book sales hours. Please call 575-758-0081 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Hardey Writers Group is now meeting at the SOMOS Space, 7-9 p.m. every Wednesday night (except the first Wednesday of the month) at SOMOS Headquarters. New members welcome!
Dr. Katherine Toy Miller of Taos, New Mexico, will present “Native American Connections: The Early Moderns, Mabel Dodge Luhan, Taos Pueblo, and the D. H. Lawrence Ranch,” a free lecture sponsored by the Friends of the Taos Library and the Friends of D. H. Lawrence, at the Taos Public Library at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. on Saturday, June 16. A free orientation to the D. H. Lawrence Ranch (located seventeen miles north of Taos off Highway 522 near San Cristobal) by Bill Haller, president, Friends of D. H. Lawrence, and other group members will be available from approximately 11:30-1:30.
Dr. Miller will offer an overview of European and American interest in the primitive in general and Native Americans in particular as a means to revitalize turn-of-the-nineteenth-century Western culture, to create “a new heaven and new earth” as Lawrence promised Frieda he would do (Not I, But the Wind 40). This historical perspective reveals connections between the early Modern European and New York artists, especially Alfred Stieglitz, Mabel Dodge (later Luhan), and D. H. Lawrence, and shows how early Modernist ideas influenced Mabel Dodge to purchase a mountain ranch (today known as the D. H. Lawrence Ranch) on a Taos Pueblo/Kiowa Indian trail in northern New Mexico in 1920 and why D. H. and Frieda Lawrence and others were drawn there as well as introducing the Taos Pueblo Native Americans they met.
Dr. Miller writes scholarly narratives on D. H. Lawrence, Aldous Huxley, and Georgia O’Keeffe, mutual friends who all lived briefly in Taos. She recently advised BBC radio producer Steven Rajam on his documentary “Lawrence in New Mexico” for which she was interviewed by British author Geoff Dyer (www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b016lh1c). Her presentation in Taos last summer, “Spiritual Connections: Georgia O’Keeffe and D. H. Lawrence,” was part of the panel “D. H. Lawrence and the Americans” at the Louisville Conference on Literature and Culture since 1900, an international interdisciplinary conference February 2012. Further background information is available at the Taos Cultural Energy website (www.culturalenergy.org/lawrence.htm), the Friends of D. H. Lawrence website (www.friendsofdhlawrence.org), and the Mabel Dodge Luhan House website (www.mabeldodgeluhan.com) including the blog by Liz Cunningham.
Dr. Miller’s prose poetry chapbook, In a Cosmic Egg, is available at Finishing Line Press (www.finishinglinepress.com) under the pen name M. Kaat Toy.
Please join me, Sawnie Morris, for a week long Poem-A-Day POETRY WRITING WORKSHOP
Monday, June 25 Sunday, July 1 10am-12:15pm (in Ranchos de Taos)
We will meet every morning for seven days for approximately two and a quarter hours. The first morning you¹ll be offered a series of prompts toward the creation of a new poem After that, you¹ll bring the first draft of a new poem written during the previous twenty-four hours to our workshop each morning At the end of each workshop you¹ll be provided with a magic packet to draw from, if you wish, for the inspiration of your next poem You will be free to use the prompts provided in your packet in whatever way you wish, or not at all On the last day of our workshop, a simple lunch will be provided to celebrate and congratulate one another!
Writers at all levels of writing experience are welcome. Workshop space is limited to 12 people.
All proceeds will be donated to Amigos Bravos: Because Water Matters a non profit dedicated to the protection and restoration of all rivers & waterways in New Mexico www.amigosbravos.org<http://www.amigosbravos.org>
Workshop Fee: $210. A $100 deposit to hold a place in the workshop is due: Monday, June 18th (You¹ll receive directions to our workshop location on receipt of your deposit.) The balance is due at the beginning of our first workshop on Monday, June 25
Please make your tax deductible donation payable to: Amigos Bravos Send to: Sawnie Morris, 54 Vista Linda Road, Ranchos de Taos, NM 87557 For more information: 575-751-3669.
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